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Understanding Intercultural Socialization and Identity Development of International Students Through Duoethnography

Understanding Intercultural Socialization and Identity Development of International Students Through Duoethnography
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Author(s): Glory Ovie (The King's University, Edmonton, Canada) and Lena Barrantes (University of Calgary, Canada)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Student Experience in Canadian Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Vander Tavares (York University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5030-4.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter looks at how two international PhD students (re)constructed and (re)negotiated their identities, and intercultural socialization through the sharing their personal stories and experiences. This chapter employed a duoethnography research methodology. Duoethnography is a collaborative research methodology in which two or more researchers engage in a dialogue on their disparate histories in a given phenomenon. The use of duoethnography allowed the researchers to revisit their lives as sites of research to determine how their different experiences and backgrounds informed the (re)construction and (re)negotiation of their identities in the face of multiple and competing identities and their subsequent participation in the new culture. Through this process, the researchers acted as the foil for the Other, challenging the Other to reflect in a deeper, more relational and authentic manner as they sought to achieve a balance between participating in a new way of life and maintaining their cultural and personal identities.

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